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College Football Playoff Question

Does the location of the semifinal game matter to you?

Kevork Djansezian

Look, it's pointless to look at the match-ups right now and talk about Auburn facing Florida State in a rematch of the BCSCG from last season. If all three teams in the Top 3 win out, it could definitely stay that way, but the odds are that it won't.

Still, let's say - for the sake of argument - that Auburn ends up in the #2 or #3 slot. It's highly unlikely Auburn ends up #1, but I guess that's still possible, too. If Auburn is in one of those positions, then MSU or FSU are ahead of them. That means they will "host" the #4 team in the Sugar Bowl. Where would Auburn play? In Pasadena.

It would be fun to play in the actual Rose Bowl, sure. But I'm curious as to just how many fans would actually make the trip out there? How many fans are going to drop the money on a trip to California when their team may be playing the very next week much closer to home and for a bigger prize?

I know I won't. Oh, sure, the Tournament of Roses Parade would be fun to see, and I really didn't get to see much of Los Angeles on the last trip, but I would be saving my money for the next week, just in case.

This is one reason why I don't like using the bowls as the playoff locations. I would like to see the playoffs done as they are in the other divisions... at the home stadium of the higher seed. Then you're guaranteed to get a big crowd. They aren't done like typical home games, either, so you still get a chance for it to be an almost even crowd.

Of course, none of this really matters if Auburn fails to make it, this season.

So what say y'all? If Auburn makes it in and gets sent to California, are you in? Or will you - like me - hold out for the big one?